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March Surprise


Ok, Only two weeks left, and this resurfaces:
PITTSFIELD -- A plan for a strip club on the city's western edge is rekindling the contentious debate over the city's adult entertainment ordinance and threatening to be-come an unexpected issue in the race for state representative.
Read the story for the detail, but the gist is that two of the Democratic contenders, plus one of the Republicans were in City government when this was debated: Speranzo was City Solicitor (and gave a legal opinion on the matter), Malumphy and Kerwood were on the City council (and voted for the 300 ft. setback instead of pushing for a 400 ft one, rendering the site useless for this purpose). It's going to be interesting to see how this affects the race -- people don't always remember where they heard someone's name, and since the ordinance passed overwhelmingly, Malumphy could be insulated. Serre has a chance to strip off some votes from her two rivals. Here's her first try:
And during the forum itself, Democratic candidate Rhonda Serre said the city should have passed a stricter law that was right for Pittsfield and then fought for it in court.

"So what if we have to go to court because it might not be legal?" she said. "You know what? We are representatives. And a legislator needs to be willing to make the tough decisions if that's what it takes to stand up for you and do what you want done. If we had to battle for this in court for a few years, it may have cost us some money, but for those few years, you wouldn't have a strip club in your neighborhood."
And the debate postponed from last week is now Monday -- Malumphy has to go after Speranzo (claim he gave bad advice) -- Speranzo will need to defend. Serre can take the high road and try to get voters to write them both off.